A container load of dolls holding rocks in their raised hands, clad in Palestinian headscarves (keffiyehs) with the inscriptions “Jerusalem is ours” and “O Jerusalem, here we come”, was confiscated by Israeli customs this week.
The dolls, which were seized by Israel’s authorities as ‘inciting material’, were being shipped from the United Arab Emirates to the Palestinian Territories, with the intention for Palestinian children to play with them.
An official PA daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida referred to the confiscation as the “Israeli war against children’s dolls”. It stated: “Israel confiscated 4,000 dolls whose faces were covered with a Palestinian keffiyeh!” The paper neglected mention that the dolls were positioned to throw a rock, promoting child violence.
Last week, it emerged that a Palestinian Authority sports tournament for children was named after two terrorists who attempted to murder Israelis in October. According to a Palestinian Media Watch report, official PA school, the Al-Rashideen High School for Boys, held a tennis tournament named after terrorists Basel and Farouq Sidr, and several teams in the tournament were also named after Palestinians who either murdered or attempted to murder Israelis in the last two months.
Basel Sidr, aged 19, attempted to stab an Israeli border policeman near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on the 14th October 2015 and was shot and killed by police while trying to escape. Farouq Sidr planned to stab Israeli soldiers in Hebron on 29th October 2015, and soldiers saw him approaching with a knife in hand and shot and killed him.
Palestinian Media Watch reported in November that another Palestinian school honoured a terrorist, by naming a football tournament after him. The person in question was Ahmad Manasrah, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy who stabbed two Israelis along with his cousin Hassan Manasrah.
The PA has named at least 25 schools and dozens of sporting events after terrorists, glorifying killers and presenting them in a positive light.
In October, CFI’s Parliamentary Chairman, Rt. Hon. Sir Eric Pickles MP, and CFI’s Parliamentary Officers, wrote a letter that was published in The Times calling on the British Government to tackle Palestinian incitement. The letter stated: “The attacks have been encouraged by continuing incitement by senior Palestinian officials. For years, Conservative parliamentarians and Conservative Friends of Israel have called on the British Government to tackle this Palestinian incitement. Enough is enough. Inaction and silence has led us to this dark place”.